Hundreds of couples received alarming news last Thursday regarding the closure of Sapphire Point Overlook, a well-known and popular ceremony site for small intimate weddings and elopements. Though the message indicated that the area may re-open, it is unsettling when planning a wedding. Since we help many couples plan their weddings at Sapphire Point, I took off on Saturday to find equally as beautiful ceremony locations in Summit County to use as “Plan B”. There are other (comparable to a large wedding) affordable places you can officially book a wedding:
In light of Covid19, we wanted to find more private, “rogue” spots on public lands that are beautiful, open, and outdoorsy so as to respect and maintain physical distancing policies.
Disclaimer: my 8-year-old son was the videographer and all the images are from my iPhone. A professional photographer would have done a much better job. But still, the views are pretty darn amazing! Disclaimer #2: I am unsure of permitting at any of these sites and need to research - some may require no permit if under #75 people (of course our weddings are MUCH smaller), others may require a photography and/or special events permit. If anyone knows, please comment!
Finally, if you are planning a wedding as Sapphire Point, I would recommend holding on to the reservation in case it does open. The email states: "If the location remains closed at the start of your reservation, and your reservation falls entirely within the closure period, we will cancel your reservation and provide a full refund.” So, are you reading this the way I am? No harm if you keep the reservation. But, work with your planner to establish a “Plan B”. Here are some of those ideas and sites we scoped out:
Other locations I scoped out, but didn’t like
By Wendee Vezzetti
Mother, student, planner, gardener, mountain biker, entrepreneur, librarian, hiker, snowboarder, reader, dork, chocoholic, trail runner and creative.